ASP.NET 3.5 Unleashed

ASP.NET 3.5 Unleashed

by Stephen Walther
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ISBN-10:
0672330113
ISBN-13:
9780672330117
Pub. Date:
01/11/2008
Publisher:
Sams

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ASP.NET 3.5 Unleashed 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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JimJJ More than 1 year ago
I never by Sams books because of the overall poor quality. This book was required for an ASP.NET class. Having worked with ASP.NET and C# previously, I considered myself at an intermediate level before reading this book. In the beginning of the book, the other regularly refers to how things were done in classic ASP. This would be alright if he presented the material as a comparison, but he does it more as a side note. It seems so out of place. Also, the book is nearly 200 pages long, because almost all of the code is printed in the book. This seems counter-productive, considering development is better learned through practice, so wouldn't it make sense to only refer to a filename on the enclosed CD? What really gets me is that the code is supposed to be in C#, but a few of the examples are still in VB in the book! This forces me to question the capability, organization, and overall quality of both the author and the editor. Another thing that I don't like, but others may, is the extensive use of Data Sources. In every example, he uses SqlDataSource, or ObjectDataSource. It would be more conducive to learning the real-world application of data binding if the book would go more in-depth into handling data in the methods of the controls. As far as overall innovation, this book doesn't come close to expressing anything new. It should have been called "A Verbose Introduction to ASP.NET", because that's all it really is. When the author posts the same 3 pages of code, only to change 1 or 2 lines, you easily reduce a 30 page chapter to about 12 or 15 pages. I would not recommend this book to anyone who has previously used ASP.NET. I would recommend this book only for people who have an understand of programming, but haven't used ASP.NET or C#. If you really want quality instruction on ASP.NET (C# or VB), you should check out http://www.asp.net/learn . This site has video instruction, downloadable code, and articles on almost everything you will need.
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